Social Distancing and the Privilege of Green Space

Isolation is a lot easier when you live near the woods.

Li Charmaine Anne
Apr 22, 2020 · 5 min read
A trail in Pacific Spirit Regional Park. (Photo by Jae Park on Unsplash)
Juxtaposition of slums against tall apartments in Mumbai, India with hazy pollution.
Juxtaposition of slums against tall apartments in Mumbai, India with hazy pollution.
Mumbai, India. (Photo by jaikishan patel on Unsplash)

Social distancing only works if you have space.

But even Westerners feel uncomfortably confined.

Has a global call to stay in ignited paradoxical new concerns about the accessibility of going out?

Park sign informing visitors what 2 metres of social distancing looks like with illustration of people and cars.
Park sign informing visitors what 2 metres of social distancing looks like with illustration of people and cars.
Guidance on social distancing erected at Pacific Spirit Regional Park (Photo: Author’s own work)

We need more green space.

Forest vs. park: quality of green space matters.

The WHO calls green space “a fundamental component of any urban ecosystem.”

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